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kurosawa

Many thanks for the feedback by Ms Peterson and the pros. Sounds like we should prioritize local, either design-build or architect and go from there. That points us in the right direction and on our way to our lake house (houzz).

   
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dreamdoctor

kurosawa - unless you are doing something outside the realm of the local methods. I developed my own building system - people contact me from all over this country and others to design with it. If the locals don't have what you want then look elsewhere. A client is starting on a lake home build in Missouri this spring that we designed last fall - I visited the site after the design was finished to talk with the contractor and subs becasue I was going to be 'nearby" anyway. If there is a will there is a way - I rarely see the site in person and have realized many projects in this fashion successfully. If it is the right project I will travel and help build it. Some places have it set up that there is little competition relative to builders - it could make sense to bring in a GC to build the shell and hire subs yourself to finish it - no competition means high prices and no incentive to do great job. You are the fish being shot in the barrel. See Colorado, on the other hand California and any big city, has so much regulation and building admin the possibility of an affordable, well-built project is slim.

Good luck! It all boils down to people.

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Rebecca Abraham Design

I have had a personal experience with design/build on my own home. While I found their service was impeccable, their overhead was at a premium. The firm I used has always been known as high end. You (usually) get what you pay for. I would always suggest doing your homework on ANYONE you are hiring. I have worked with many contractors and know that there are contractors and there are contractors, as there are design/build companies all over the map as well. Design/build does not necessarily insure quality, savings or reliability. True that you may be getting one stop shopping, I also know that you cannot get other bids when using a design/build firm. They typically "own" the design that they have provided and that you have paid for. How does one know if the price of the construction is competitive? Do your homework!

   

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